Changes in the New VCE Physics Study Design

Changes in the New VCE Physics Study Design

I’ve been doing some work with the new VCE Physics Study Design which is to be implemented from 2023 onwards. To help me be clear on exactly what has changed, I did a detailed comparison of the dot points for the two designs. Going from that detailed analysis, I then thought it would be interesting to use a Sankey Chart to summarise the changes. This looks at approximately how much content is new and removed, as well as its destination in the new course. The Area of Study are my own shorthand names for convenience, but when read beside the curriculum documents it is clear what is what. Please credit the source of this analysis if you share or use. When time permits I’ll look to make an interactive version.

Some alternate formulations of the above diagram are below.

Options represented as a single block.

Your Diagram Title 3-1 Fields → 3-2 Fields: 26 2-1 Motion → 2-1 Forces and Motion: 24 1-2 Electric Circuits → 1-3 Electricity: 22 3-3 Motion → 3-1 Motion: 17 4-2 Light and matter → 4-1 Changing understanding: 16 1-1 Thermal → Removed: 15 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 14 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 13 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 11 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 11 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 11 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 11 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 11 1-1 Thermal → 1-1 Light & Heat: 10 3-2 Electricity Generation → 3-3 Electricity Generation: 10 3-3 Motion → 4-1 Changing understanding: 10 4-1 Waves → 1-1 Light & Heat: 8 1-3 Matter → 1-2 Nuclear: 8 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 8 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 8 2-3 Practical Investigation → 2-3 Investigation: 8 4-1 Waves → 4-1 Changing understanding: 8 4-3 Practical investigation → 4-2 Practical Investigation: 8 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 7 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 7 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 7 New → 2-2 Options (1-18): 7 New → 2-2 Options (1-18): 7 2-2 Options (1-12) → 1-2 Nuclear: 6 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 6 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 6 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 6 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 6 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 6 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 6 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 6 New → 4-1 Changing understanding: 6 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 5 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 5 1-3 Matter → 2-2 Options (1-18): 5 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 4 4-1 Waves → Removed: 4 New → 1-1 Light & Heat: 4 2-2 Options (1-12) → 1-2 Nuclear: 4 1-1 Thermal → 2-2 Options (1-18): 4 New → 2-2 Options (1-18): 4 New → 2-2 Options (1-18): 4 1-3 Matter → Removed: 3 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 3 4-2 Light and matter → Removed: 3 2-2 Options (1-12) → Removed: 2 3-2 Electricity Generation → Removed: 2 New → 2-2 Options (1-18): 2 2-2 Options (1-12) → 1-1 Light & Heat: 1 New → 2-1 Forces and Motion: 1 2-2 Options (1-12) → 2-2 Options (1-18): 1 New → 2-2 Options (1-18): 1 New → 2-2 Options (1-18): 1 New → 3-2 Fields: 1 New → 3-3 Electricity Generation: 1 1-1 Thermal: 29 Removed: 120 1-3 Matter: 16 2-2 Options (1-12): 192 3-2 Electricity Generation: 12 4-1 Waves: 20 4-2 Light and matter: 19 New: 39 1-1 Light & Heat: 23 1-2 Nuclear: 18 1-2 Electric Circuits: 22 1-3 Electricity: 22 2-1 Forces and Motion: 25 2-1 Motion: 24 2-2 Options (1-18): 123 2-3 Practical Investigation: 8 2-3 Investigation: 8 3-3 Motion: 27 3-1 Motion: 17 3-2 Fields: 27 3-1 Fields: 26 3-3 Electricity Generation: 11 4-1 Changing understanding: 40 4-3 Practical investigation: 8 4-2 Practical Investigation: 8 1-1 Thermal: 29 Removed: 120 1-3 Matter: 16 2-2 Options (1-12): 192 3-2 Electricity Generation: 12 4-1 Waves: 20 4-2 Light and matter: 19 New: 39 1-1 Light & Heat: 23 1-2 Nuclear: 18 1-2 Electric Circuits: 22 1-3 Electricity: 22 2-1 Forces and Motion: 25 2-1 Motion: 24 2-2 Options (1-18): 123 2-3 Practical Investigation: 8 2-3 Investigation: 8 3-3 Motion: 27 3-1 Motion: 17 3-2 Fields: 27 3-1 Fields: 26 3-3 Electricity Generation: 11 4-1 Changing understanding: 40 4-3 Practical investigation: 8 4-2 Practical Investigation: 8

Options only shown when content moved to/from core.

Your Diagram Title 3-1 Fields → 3-2 Fields: 26 2-1 Motion → 2-1 Forces and Motion: 24 1-2 Electric Circuits → 1-3 Electricity: 22 3-3 Motion → 3-1 Motion: 17 4-2 Light and matter → 4-1 Changing understanding: 16 1-1 Thermal → Removed: 15 1-1 Thermal → 1-1 Light & Heat: 10 3-2 Electricity Generation → 3-3 Electricity Generation: 10 3-3 Motion → 4-1 Changing understanding: 10 4-1 Waves → 1-1 Light & Heat: 8 1-3 Matter → 1-2 Nuclear: 8 2-3 Practical Investigation → 2-3 Investigation: 8 4-1 Waves → 4-1 Changing understanding: 8 4-3 Practical investigation → 4-2 Practical Investigation: 8 2-2-07 Radiation Health → 1-2 Nuclear: 6 New → 4-1 Changing understanding: 6 1-3 Matter → 2-2-17 Orgins Matter: 5 4-1 Waves → Removed: 4 New → 1-1 Light & Heat: 4 2-2-06 Fission Fusion → 1-2 Nuclear: 4 1-1 Thermal → 2-2-01 Climate Change: 4 1-3 Matter → Removed: 3 4-2 Light and matter → Removed: 3 3-2 Electricity Generation → Removed: 2 2-3-04 AC DC → 1-1 Light & Heat: 1 New → 2-1 Forces and Motion: 1 New → 3-2 Fields: 1 New → 3-3 Electricity Generation: 1 1-1 Thermal: 29 Removed: 27 1-3 Matter: 16 3-2 Electricity Generation: 12 4-1 Waves: 20 4-2 Light and matter: 19 New: 13 1-1 Light & Heat: 23 2-3-04 AC DC: 1 1-2 Nuclear: 18 2-2-06 Fission Fusion: 4 2-2-07 Radiation Health: 6 1-2 Electric Circuits: 22 1-3 Electricity: 22 2-1 Forces and Motion: 25 2-1 Motion: 24 2-2-01 Climate Change: 4 2-2-17 Orgins Matter: 5 2-3 Practical Investigation: 8 2-3 Investigation: 8 3-3 Motion: 27 3-1 Motion: 17 3-2 Fields: 27 3-1 Fields: 26 3-3 Electricity Generation: 11 4-1 Changing understanding: 40 4-3 Practical investigation: 8 4-2 Practical Investigation: 8 1-1 Thermal Removed 1-3 Matter 3-2 Electricity Generation 4-1 Waves 4-2 Light and matter New 1-1 Light & Heat 2-3-04 AC DC 1-2 Nuclear 2-2-06 Fission Fusion 2-2-07 Radiation Health 1-2 Electric Circuits 1-3 Electricity 2-1 Forces and Motion 2-1 Motion 2-2-01 Climate Change 2-2-17 Orgins Matter 2-3 Practical Investigation 2-3 Investigation 3-3 Motion 3-1 Motion 3-2 Fields 3-1 Fields 3-3 Electricity Generation 4-1 Changing understanding 4-3 Practical investigation 4-2 Practical Investigation

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